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Staff Profile of Dr Antonia Ford

Dr Antonia Ford
Postdoctoral Research Officer
01248 382320
3rd Floor, ECW Building, School of Biological Sciences, Bangor University, Deiniol Road, Bangor, Gwynedd, LL57 2UW, UK



I am interested in patterns of biodiversity and evolutionary processes generating and maintaining diversity. My current research focuses on the genomics of hybridisation in wild populations of fish species (tilapia) important to aquaculture. During my doctoral research, I focused on speciation, and investigated diversification of the endemic soda lake cichlid fish of Lakes Natron and Magadi in East Africa, using morphology, ecology and genomics.

My Masters research considered ecological factors affecting population structuring in marine systems and used genetic data to infer historical patterns of biogeography and colonisation.





Research Positions

2015-Present: Postdoctoral Research Officer, Bangor University
Researcher on BBSRC/NERC funded project: Genomic approaches to identification and preservation of wild tilapia genetic resources for aquaculture.


2011–2015: Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment (GEE), UCL, London
PhD: Evolutionary relationships of East African Soda Lake cichlid fish
Supervisor: Dr Julia Day, Co-Supervisor: Dr Lukas Rüber

2010–2011: Royal Holloway, University of London
MSc by Research in Biological Sciences

2005–2006: Oxford Brookes University
PGDip in Publishing

2002–2005: St Hilda’s College, University of Oxford
BA (Hons) Biological Sciences



Current Project

Genomic approaches to identification and preservation of wild tilapia genetic resources for aquaculture
PI: Prof George Turner
Co-Is: Prof Federica Di Palma (Earlham Institute) and Dr Martin Genner (University of Bristol)
Funding body: BBSRC/NERC

I am also working on an ESRC funded project in collaboration local software developers Geosho Cyf. to develop a smartphone application for tilapia species identification and mapping.



Ford AGP, Rüber L, Newton J, Dasmahapatra KK, Balarin JD, Bruun K, Day JJ (2016) Niche divergence facilitated by fine-scale ecological partitioning in a recent cichlid fish adaptive radiation. Evolution. DOI: 10.1111/evo.13072.

Morris J*, Ford AGP*, Ali JR, Peart CR, Bills R, Day JJ (2016) High levels of genetic structure and striking phenotypic variability in a sexually dimorphic suckermouth catfish from the African Highveld. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. 117, 528–546 (*joint first).

Ford AGP, Dasmahapatra KK, Rüber L, Gharbi K, Day JJ (2015) High levels of interspecific gene flow in an endemic cichlid fish adaptive radiation from an extreme lake environment. Molecular Ecology. 24, 3421–3440.

Non peer-reviewed
Ford AGP and Bickerton P (2016) Looking to aquaculture. Online blog article:

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